December (2020) is the 60th Anniversary of a well ‘Kent’ beacon in Kent. CLICK above for more info.
When the City & Guilds dropped the RAE (The Radio Amateurs Exam) and the RSGB/RCF took up the challenge, Club members were of the opinion that WoSARS in Rose Street did not have suitable facilities to run training courses and exams.
Following on from Ross GM7WED & Eugene G(M)0VIQ’s initial attempts; Alex GM7OAW took up the challenge and make a start with running a Foundation Course on Friday nights (at Rose Street).
At that time the Foundation exam could be held anywhere, but the Full and possibly the Intermediate exams had to be at a registered exam centre. To overcome this shortfall Alex applied to the RSGB for WoSARS to become an ACCREDITED Club & Centre which was approved as in April 2005 – with continuous training courses at all three levels being provided until the SOLDER GROUP was established a few years later (within the Electron Club).
For the exams, Alan GM4TOQ and Pat 2M1CKE were the regular invigilators (with Sam GM4BGS latterly taking over from Pat).
(Thanks Alex GM7OAW for background information)
The annual CQ WORLD WIDE contest is the busiest radio contest. Taking part this year GM7OAW, GM0WRR, GM0EZP took the the Club GM4AGG to #1 in Scotland in the Multi-Single section.
In the Autumn of 2005 Ernie GM0EZP took on the onerous task of producing a Newsletter for the Club – THE WAG. Unfortunately like many previous efforts (bar the successful GM MAG) the endeavour was short lived with only three editions being produced. CLICK The Header to Read More.
To celebrate the GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY of Queen Elizabeth II (First in Scotland) accession to the throne in 1952, The Radio Communications Agency (RA) gave special dispensation for all UK Radio Amateurs & Club Stations (who wished) to temporarily change the prefix of their callsigns with G/MQ (UK Queen). WoSARS duly obliged and ran the Club station with GQ4AGG from their Cochno Shack in June 2002. And of course this call was well sought after by prefix collectors.
For many years the Kilmarnock & Loudoun Amateur Radio Club, as a precursor to Xmas festivities, ran the ‘Bright Sparks’ Quiznight. An invite was sent out to all Central Scotland amateur clubs, and WoSARS duly sent a team to represent the Club with varying degrees of success. CLICK the Top Tab for more.
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Over the years Scotland has seen the rapid growth in On-shore and Off-shore windfarms. HAGSHAW, located to just west of the village of Douglas, in South Lanarkshire, was one of the first of these major ‘farms’. WoSARS Club Members were given the opportunity to visit the facility in November 2001. CLICK to view.
By the end of 1968 the amateur population was now exceeding 13,000. This was helped with the introduction of class ‘B’ amateurs ( G8’s – a couple of years earlier) and the opening up of 144MHz (2 Metre) to them. As reported in February 1969’s Wireless World……………………
RCS Member, Tommy Hughes – GM3EDZ was a Council Member of the Scottish Radio & Retail Association. In December of 1962 he was asked by the Council to give a demonstration of the hobby to the Association’s Members. The demonstration was written up in the its trade magazine:
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